Back in the old days, somewhere around 1998, a co-worker of mine at the time starting wearing a Rolex watch, a gift from his CPA wife. At the time I shook my head at him and asked why spend so much money on a Rolex, when you can own a cheaper watch like a Timex (I was probably on my 100th Timex at the time.) He explained to me the inter-workings of the Rolex watch to me, and how superior it was to anything else out there. I agreed it was a cool watch, but the money?
Well fast forward to today. I’ve since upgraded to nicer watches, that still break eventually. My friend still has his Rolex, working just as well as back in the day. And, it’s value has barely went down. Older Rolex’s have even seen their prices go up. And some websites allow you buy and sell Rolex’s such as Bob’s Watches, on their website.
Rolex is synonomous with luxury. They make about 2000 watches a day. They are based out of Geneva, Switzerland, after being founded in London, England in 1905. They had the first water proof watch among other innovations. Their current product lines are Datejust, Daytona, GMT-Master II, Lady Datejust, and the Submariner. The Submariner being my favorite.
Today’s Submariner is waterproof to a maximum depth of 980 ft. It has the Triplock system waterproof crown, which screws down tightly onto the case tube and against the Oyster case providing another layer of protection. It has a made of a solid block of 904L stainless steel, a corrosion-resistant stainless steel alloy, or gold, which is made in it’s own foundry where they can control the quality of the gold.
Professional divers consider to be a “true” diving watch, which utilizes a unidirectional bezel that helps divers memorize and follow immersion time. The way the Submariner is created, rotating only counterclockwise, avoiding the danger of spending too much time underwater.
You will never have to wind your Rolex, or worry about it running too fast or too slow, or having to replace a battery. It has a Perpetual rotor that uses movement to store energy in it’s main spring. So with every movement the watch is storing and winding. As a matter of face the watch can still function with no movement for up to three day.
It is also a an officially certified Swiss chronometer. Meaning that at midnight, the Rolex calendar mechanism advances to the next date in a single short rotation.
Overall the Rolex is a beautiful watch, holds it’s value, and is a complete joy to own. Everyone should own one.
Check out Rolex’s at Bob’s Rolex Store.